Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Disposing of the Kittys: Sox v/s Tigers 5/18 & 5/19

This is the first meeting of these two dynamic teams this year, so who's to know what to expect. So, lets break it down.

Game 1:
Phil Coke [1-5, 4.54ERA] versus Clay Buchholz [4-3, 3.94ERA]
-Brad Picks: Red Sox Win
-Randy Picks: Red Sox win

-Former Yankee Phil Coke is winless in his last five starts having allowed 17 earned runs in just a bit over 25 innings pitched. He's literally pitching for his job, which I never like, but to date, he's had the piss beaten out of him regularly. Look for that to not change tonight, as the Sox offense is clicking on most cylinders right now.
-Sox hurler, Clay Buchholz has had some very dominant outings this year, including his last few which he's totaled 13K's, a total not reached in his first four starts. In his last outing, Buchholz disposed of the Yankees pretty soundly. But, Buchholz sports a pretty shitty line against a couple of the Tiger hitters (Raburn and Peralta), so look for him to be careful with those two, which could lead to putting too many guys on when you factor in Cabrerra.
Look for Pedroia to be the Sox difference maker in this one.

Game 2
Justin Verlander [4-3,2.91ERA] v/s Josh Beckett [3-1, 1.75]
-Brad Picks: Red Sox Win
-Randy Picks:  Red Sox Lose  

A game of aces. This should be an exciting start, and it's hard to bet against either guy right now. Verlander is coming off a very exciting no hitter, while Beckett is just dealing now. Beckett is coming off a very dominant outing in NY his last time out, and while both teams put up decent numbers against these two, this year they've both been dominant. I'm picking the Sox, but it's really a toss up.
Look for this guy to continue to just absolutely rake the baseball, and that's the difference.

Randy: The reason why I am choosing the Sox to lose is simple I've bet against Beckett all year round and he is making me look foolish! Keep it up Josh!  Also, keep an eye on Crawford and Youk against Verlander while a small sample size are batting .347 and .357 respectively. Also, Youk has 3 HR in 14 at bats vs. the righty.

1 comment:

  1. Well, I couldn't have been more wrong about Cy Young, I mean, Phil Coke. The way this team looks against garbage pitchers is just unbelievable at times.